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- “The Viral Underclass”: COVID-19 and AIDS Show What Happens When Inequality and Disease Coll ide December 1, 2021
- “Farewell to British Colonial Rule”: Barbados Breaks From the Queen as Calls Grow For Repara tions December 1, 2021
- Amazon Workers in Alabama Get New Shot at Union After NLRB Rules Company Broke the Law in 1st Vote December 1, 2021
- China ramps up aid to African countries December 1, 2021
- Africa, Far Behind – The New York Times December 1, 2021
- Rachel Carson Papers | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library November 30, 2021
- Rachel Carson Papers at the Beinecke Library November 29, 2021
- Health Justice Advocates Say Vaccine Equity, Not “Racist” Travel Bans, Will Stop the Om icron Variant November 29, 2021
- The History of How the U.S. Almost Solved Climate Change November 29, 2021
- For the MFA, Benin Bronzes are a troubling gift – The Boston Globe November 28, 2021
- Congo’s Missing Millions – BBC Africa Eye documentary November 28, 2021
- Benin Bronzes … The Boston Globe November 28, 2021
- First Kluge Prize Awarded (December 2003) – Library of Congress Information Bulletin November 28, 2021
- How an international gang ran a $250 million money laundering operation, by @BBC Stories – BBC November 28, 2021
- Robbed of culture and heritage: Canada’s Indigenous peoples | DW Documentary November 27, 2021
- Portugal – Modern slavery for an EU passport | DW Documentary November 27, 2021
- Toxic chemicals – A menace to bees and farmland | DW Documentary November 27, 2021
- Prison November 27, 2021
- Patrick C. Penfield talks about food supply chain problems November 27, 2021
- What is a Wellbeing Economy November 27, 2021
- Herman Daly’s Economics for a Full World | Book launch event, Nov 2021 November 26, 2021
- Science Update: U.S. Military Unprepared for Climate Change November 26, 2021
- John Lithgow: A Confederacy of Dumptys November 26, 2021
- Four Horsemen – Feature Documentary – Official Version November 26, 2021
- Indian farmers continue protests until agricultural laws officially repealed November 25, 2021
- Will Trump Run Again? – Dr. Mary L. Trump – Conversations w/ Great Minds Part One November 25, 2021
- New Ken Burns Documentary Looks At History Of Sand Creek Massacre November 25, 2021
- What Do We Do About Autocrats? – Dr. Mary L. Trump – Conversations w/ Great Minds Part Two November 25, 2021
- In Conversation: Ambassador Bob Rae (1969) and Professor Harold Hongju Koh November 25, 2021
- Derivatives still a ticking time bomb! Sept 2011 November 25, 2021
- Who is Brooksley Born November 25, 2021
- Frontline: The Warning – Documentary November 25, 2021
- Money, Power and Wall Street: Part One (full documentary) | FRONTLINE November 25, 2021
- Is China Really a Threat? Noam Chomsky Slams Biden For Increasingly Provocative Actions in Region November 24, 2021
- Nikole Hannah-Jones on “The 1619 Project,” Teaching Critical Race Theory & White Suprem acy on Trial November 24, 2021
- “The War Party”: Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans November 24, 2021
- Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages November 24, 2021
- Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journali sts November 24, 2021
- The Law & The Profits vs. Natural Law & The Prophet: Herman Daly & the Future of the Human Prospect November 24, 2021
- “Miseducation”: How Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Push Climate Denialism to Kids in U.S. Schools November 22, 2021
- Angela Davis: “Forces of White Supremacy” Are Behind Attacks on Teaching Critical Race Theory – November 22, 2021
- “Red Flags Everywhere:” Why Did the FBI Dismiss Jan. 6 Warnings? | Amanpour and Company November 21, 2021
- Man At Center Of GOP Vote Fraud Hype Lied, Pleads Guilty November 21, 2021
- Primary School Teachers vs Parents | Live at the Apollo – BBC November 21, 2021
- The Norwegian Paradox – oil in Angola November 21, 2021
- The Kongo Empire & The Thirty Years War November 21, 2021
- ‘Loot:Britain and the Benin Bronzes’ by Barnaby Phillips November 20, 2021
- UK university’s return of looted Benin Bronze puts pressure on other institutions November 20, 2021
- The Benin Bronzes: Towards the Resolution of a Long-Standing Dispute? November 20, 2021
- THE GREAT LUNDA EMPIRE! CONGOLESE PRE-COLONIAL KINGDOMS SERIES EP4 | AFRICAN HISTORY November 20, 2021
Daily Archives: December 20, 2015
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland’s northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years. Box and his family left Ohio State for Europe a couple years ago, and he is relieved to have escaped America’s culture of climate-change denial (Photo: Nick Cobbing).
Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.
The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s been skittish about the media since it happened. This was last summer, as he was reading the cheery blog posts transmitted by the chief scientist on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which was exploring the Arctic for an international expedition led by Stockholm University. “Our first observations of elevated methane levels, about ten times higher than in background seawater, were documented . . . we discovered over 100 new methane seep sites…. The weather Gods are still on our side as we steam through a now ice-free Laptev Sea….”
As a leading climatologist who spent many years studying the Arctic at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State, Box knew that this breezy scientific detachment described one of the nightmare long-shot climate scenarios: a feedback loop where warming seas release methane that causes warming that releases more methane that causes more warming, on and on until the planet is incompatible with human life. And he knew there were similar methane releases occurring in the area. On impulse, he sent out a tweet.
The tweet immediately went viral, inspiring a series of headlines:
CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS ARCTIC CARBON RELEASE COULD MEAN “WE’RE FUCKED.”
CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
CLIMATOLOGIST: METHANE PLUMES FROM THE ARCTIC MEAN WE’RE SCREWED.
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Credit Photograph by Chesnot/Getty
Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head—war, a market shock, an epidemic—climate reliably falls off the political map.
After the attacks, the French government stated that the COP21 climate summit would begin as scheduled at the end of November. Yet the police have just barred the huge planned marches and protests, effectively silencing the voices of people who are directly affected by these high-level talks. And it’s hard to see how sea-level rise and parched farmland—tough media sells at the best of times—will have a hope of competing with rapid military escalation and calls for fortressed borders.
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace?